Sunday, August 10, 2008

Gay from Birth?

The question of the debate over homosexuality between the secular and Christian world is not a question of whether or not homosexuality is genetic. We can both agree that heterosexuals have a natural inclination to be attracted to members of the opposite sex; however, this inclination does not justify the sins of fornication or adultery. This is a question of our response to a Holy God Who has communicated through both general (in nature) and special (the Bible) revelation that homosexuality is an abomination. This does not make the fornicator or the adulterer any less guilty in the eyes of God, but it does call into question our response to God. Whether an individual desires sex prior to an appropriate marriage covenant, sex in addition to an appropriate marriage covenant, sex with animals, or sex with members of the same sex, all of these have been classified as sinful attitudes/behaviors by Scripture and necessitate the need for fallen men and women to repent in obedience to their Creator. While I believe the research that has been presented thus far to be found quite wanting, even if there was an apparent "gay gene" (which I find to be incredibly unlikely considering that God created man and woman "very good"), this in no way relinquishes the responsibility of apparent homosexuals to live a life of celibacy. This raises the question of marriage itself; but again, our response to a Holy God is paramount and we find the parameters of the covenant of marriage defined and established by the Word of God. This means that marriage is reserved for one man and one woman for the duration of the life of either party. In the midst of a sinful, fallen world, God's standards seem much too high for us. The fact of the matter is, they are too high for any human being to meet. This is only a reminder of the completeness of our depraved sinfulness and the necessity for a perfect Savior in Christ Jesus.

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